Meaning of FUEL in English

I. ˈfyü(-ə)l noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English fewel, from Anglo-French fuail, feuaile, from Vulgar Latin * focalia, from Latin focus hearth

Date: 13th century


a. : a material used to produce heat or power by burning

b. : nutritive material

c. : a material from which atomic energy can be liberated especially in a reactor

2. : a source of sustenance or incentive : reinforcement

II. verb

( -eled or -elled ; -el·ing or -el·ling )

Date: 1592

transitive verb

1. : to provide with fuel

2. : support , stimulate

movement is fuel ed by massive grants-in-aid — Allen Schick

intransitive verb

: to take in fuel — often used with up

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